DCF Prepares for 2015 Hurricane Season with Food for Florida Exercise

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2015

DCF Prepares for 2015 Hurricane Season with Food for Florida Exercise

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) began a two-day disaster exercise of the Food for Florida program today in Miami. More than 150 employees will participate in the exercise to test equipment and ensure the department is ready to quickly distribute food benefits to eligible families if a disaster strikes.

“As a department we’re responsible for serving Florida’s most vulnerable every day of the year and during a disaster that need is even more critical,” Secretary Mike Carroll said. “This exercise allows us to take a department wide look at how we can best meet the needs of Floridians in a time of crisis.”

June marked the official start of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which lasts through the end of November. Although predictions call for a below average season, Floridians are reminded that it only takes one storm to impact a community.

The Food for Florida program offers emergency food assistance to eligible victims of hurricanes or other types of disasters. The last time DCF activated the program was in 2005, when Hurricane Wilma struck Florida. The department has since streamlined the application and preregistration process using satellite and other wireless technologies. The changes have positioned DCF to better serve disaster stricken Floridians and identify individuals who try to fraudulently obtain benefits during a time of crisis.

If you have a disaster plan and supply kit, now is the time to review, recycle and restock. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has created an easy way to build a family or small business emergency plan at their website (http://flgetaplan.com/).  Children can also participate in several activities related to emergency planning at www.kidsgetaplan.com.

For more information about the Food for Florida program visit www.MyFLFamilies.com/fff.

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450